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The Destruction of Laos

Tales of the American Empire | October 14, 2021

Laos is a sparsely populated country of less than three million people that was never a threat to the United States. Yet from 1964 to 1973, the United States military dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions — equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 years – making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The United States dropped more bombs on Laos than it dropped on Germany and Japan during World War II.

These bombings were part of a secret war in Laos to support the Royal Lao government and to interdict supplies to southern Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh trail. The bombings destroyed many villages, killed 50,000 civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands. During this massive destruction, the American government insisted that it was not bombing Laos.

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Related Tale: “Protecting the American Opium Trade”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbMtl…

“Fighting the War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973”; US Air Force historians; National Security Archive; April 9, 2008; https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSA…

“CIA activities in Laos”; Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_act…

MACV-SOG Disaster (a large commando attack into Laos); SOFREP News; May 13, 2021; https://sofrep.com/news/how-a-daring-…

“POW Pilots Left in Laos, Files Suggest”; Thomas Lippman; Washington Post; January 2, 1994; https://www.washingtonpost.com/archiv…

“A New Estimate of Communist Supplies Delivered Through Sihanoukville”; US State Department; September 21, 1970; https://history.state.gov/historicald…

Related Tale: “Stomping South Vietnam; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sQHD…

“America’s Secret War in Laos Uncovered”; Bob Woodruff; ABC News; September 9, 2016; https://abcnews.go.com/International/…

October 17, 2021 - Posted by | Militarism, Timeless or most popular, Video, War Crimes | ,

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